How to grow giant pumpkins, take better photos and go geocaching, plus meeting the RCMP K-9 Unit are attractions organizers hope draw a 4-H crowd to the Carman Country Fair this summer.
The events are part of Fun Fest, a new 4-H show being launched this summer in conjunction with the Dufferin Agricultural Society in Carman July 11, 12 and 13. Fun Fest includes dairy, horse and beef shows, but also new attractions for non-livestock club members too.
Fun Fest is an expanded version of Stockfest, a province-wide stock show first tried in 2008 and held for three years. Stockfest was an effort to revive attendance at previous provincial 4-H livestock shows, said the new event’s chair Diane Kovar, who is also head leader of the Glenboro Beef Club.
Kovar, who also chaired the Stockfest events, said when they didn’t get more than 60 out to the Stockfest events, organizers decided to add more attractions and open up the event to multipurpose club members as well.
“We’re just trying a new format,” said Kovar, adding continued evolution is a key component of 4-H.
“We need to keep up with the needs of members and what their interests are. My hope for Fun Fest is that everyone who comes has a good time and we can grow from this.”
They’re hoping to get 100 registered for the events.
The Fun Fest organizing committee partnered with the DAS at Carman because of the fair’s long and ongoing connection to 4-H and the livestock shows it continues to host at its annual fair, Kovar added.
Fun Fest will also include a trip to Roland 4-H Museum to remind young 4-H’ers of their program’s origins and how it got its start in this part of Manitoba in 1913.
Registration deadline for Fun Fest is June 15. For more information, including fees contact 204-571-0854 or log on to www.4h.mb.ca.
Planning for 2013
Meanwhile, the Manitoba provincial council is gearing up to host a gala program next spring in Roland when national delegates arrive in Manitoba to mark the 100th anniversary of the 4-H program in Canada.
A provincial planning committee with several subcommittees has been formed and they are meeting with the national 4-H council to plan events to commemorate the centennial next June, said Manitoba 4-H Council executive director Clayton Robins.
Special events for marking the anniversary are still under discussion, but a visit to Roland and the 4-H Museum will definitely be included in the celebrations, Robins said.
“What we’re still trying to figure out is what kind of ceremony we’re going to have, and some kind of dedication,” he said.
Last week a new partnership between the Canadian 4-H Council and Food Banks Canada was also announced in Winnipeg whereby 4-H’ers across Canada will be collecting donations of food and hosting events to fundraise for food banks.
“4-H clubs are recognized for doing a lot of community service,” said Robins, adding it was felt this was a very fitting project for 4-H clubs on the eve of their 100th year to take on.”